Despite being a college town,
One place the bucks the trend in this town is the Lyric Theatre. Once an eyesore for the town, and on the verge of being condemned in the early 1990's, a group of volunteers decided to restore the building and bring back some life to the theater. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets took on the renovation as a service project and monetary support from the community started flowing in. A couple of years after work started, the silver screen started showing movies again. Back around 1998, a local musician and student, Dylan Locke, wanted to bring big name acts to the stage of the Lyric so he set out to find some. Nine years later, he has brought in performers like Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Junior Brown, Derek Trucks, Mike Marshall, Joan Baez, Del McCoury and Bela Fleck. He’s also expanded his concert promotion in Southwestern Virginia to include the
"After forty years of recording acoustic music, it's not very often that a new band catches (and keeps) my attention. Old School Freight Train has done that and more. Their finely crafted tunes and innovative arrangements bring creativity, taste and wit to a broad spectrum of contemporary styles - vocal and instrumental, all firmly rooted in many traditions. They are certainly an emerging force to reckon with in today's wide world of acoustic music.” Those are the words of David Grisman, pretty high praise coming from the master of the mandolin. Since Grisman was first introduced to the group, he has invited OSFT to record an album on his label and go on tour with him. Their music varies from traditional to Celtic to progressive newgrass stylings.
Larry Keel adds his growling voice, poetic songwriting and flat picking genius to the show. Keel has performed with and written songs for numerous bluegrass and newgrass jam band legends, most notably in 2005 when the Del McCoury Band won a Grammy for their album The Company We Keep, featuring Keel’s Mountain Song. He’s been a featured performer from Merlefest to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Keel brings his band,
Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 19. There’s no doubt that the music starved citizens of Blacksburg will gobble these up quickly so make plans to visit the box office or web site early this week if you want to be a part of this performance.